Etihad Airways to start Abu Dhabi-Jaipur services from April 2014
abu Dhabi-Jaipur services from april 2014
The 2013 performance figures of Etihad Cargo show that the airline carried a record 486,753 tonnes of freight and mail last year, up a staggering 32 per cent compared to 2012. In an interview with Cargotalk, David Kerr, Vice President, Cargo, Etihad Airways, talks about the airline’s strategy for 2014.
“l ooking ahead in 2014, we’ll see double digit cargo capacity growth continue, as we take delivery of one Airbus A330-200 freighter, in addition to offering new bellyhold cargo capacity on the recently announced routes from Abu Dhabi to Los Angeles, Zurich, Dallas, Rome, Perth, Yerevan, Jaipur and Medina,” said Kerr.
Commenting on the overall cargo market trends, Kerr maintained that Etihad’s view is broadly in line with that of IATA, which predicts sustained cargo growth till 2017, with the UAE being one of the largest international freight markets. “Our own cargo business continues to perform well, and we see that the future in this region and internationally is extremely positive,” Kerr added. According to Kerr, Etihad Cargo achieved a number of record milestones in 2013 and is now approaching a US$1 billion business, representing approximately 20 per cent of Etihad Airways’ transport revenues. In 2013, the airline launched a new freighter route to Guangzhou in China; consolidated its bellyhold and main deck cargo operations at Frankfurt International; took delivery of three new wide-body freighters; started a round-the-world Boeing 747-8 freighter service with its partner Atlas Air; launched its CargoConnect customer loyalty programme; and signed a contract with Jettainer for 250 ultra lightweight Unit Load Devices (ULDs).
Kerr explained that Etihad Cargo signed partnerships with Singapore Airlines Cargo, Swissport and WFS, and became the first airline in the Gulf region to implement Cargo XML. The airline had a number of record breaking months in terms of tonnage carried. “India remains one of our most important markets and that’s reflected in the significant bellyhold and main deck capability
India air cargo business is one of our top five markets and that’s reflected in the significant bellyhold and main deck capability we continue to deploy. We will see a strong demand throughout 2014” David Kerr Vice President, Cargo, Etihad Airways
we continue to deploy. We look forward to working with our partner Jet Airways to find opportunities to create value for both our companies,” he shared.
According to Kerr, the trade between India and the rest of the world is expanding rapidly. He added, “Indian air cargo business, which is one of our top five markets. We will continue to see strong demand throughout 2014.”
The airline operates more than 70 passenger flights a week to nine Indian cities – Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, Kozhikode, Kochi, Trivandrum, Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Hyderabad – providing its cargo customers with significant bellyhold cargo capability to and from its Abu Dhabi hub. Jaipur will be added to that list from April 2014, connecting via Abu Dhabi to all corners of the globe. “Our commitment to Indian trade is also served by virtue of the fact that we continue to operate main deck freighter capability to four Indian cities – Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai and New Delhi, providing our customers with enhanced options for shipping large goods and larger quantities of goods, all over the world with us,” Kerr added.